President Trump is heading to Florida Wednesday for a political rally in a city ravaged by a Category 5 hurricane. The president is touring the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael before holding a "Make America Great Again" rally in Panama City Beach on the Florida Panhandle. It's his first rally in Florida of the 2020 cycle. Hurricane Michael slammed into the panhandle in October 2018, killing 16 people and causing more than $25 billion worth of damage in the U.S. Panama City Beach bore the brunt of the storm, and many homes still have not been rebuilt months later.The president is making the trip after exerting executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's report and underlying documents. The White House insists House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is overstepping his bounds by requesting the full report. The White House has not made clear whether it will try to stop Mueller from testifying if he so wishes. The Panama City Beach rally begins at 7 … [Read more...] about Trump leaves for rally in Florida city ravaged by hurricane
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Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post Published 2:09 am PDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 If you aren't a researcher studying the threatened green sea turtle, endangered monk seals, or the albatross, chances are you've probably never heard of East Island. For centuries, the islet peeked out from the turquoise and azure waters of the Pacific Ocean about 550 miles northwest of Honolulu in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The 11-acre patch of sand and loose gravel was often frequented by sea turtles, monk seals and albatrosses, which returned there year after year to nest and raise their young, safe from human threats. But the next time these animals come back to their haven, it likely won't be there. In early October, East Island was decimated by Hurricane Walaka - one of the most intense storms ever recorded in the Pacific Ocean - and effectively wiped off the map overnight. "I was absolutely shocked," Randy Kosaki, NOAA's deputy superintendent of research and … [Read more...] about This remote Hawaiian island was a critical nesting ground for threatened species. Climate change and a powerful hurricane wiped it out overnight.
Felicia Sonmez, Seung Min Kim and Patricia Sullivan, The Washington Post Published 4:01 pm PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 President Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump speak to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. President Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump speak to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Tasos Katopodis Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Tasos Katopodis Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 President Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump speak to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. President Trump, left, and first lady Melania Trump speak to members of the media before boarding Marine One … [Read more...] about Trump promises to seek disaster aid as he tours areas damaged by Hurricane Michael
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump headed Florida and Georgia Monday to view the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The storm last week claimed at least 19 lives, with dozens of people still missing. Thousands of residents in the affected areas — ranging from Florida to Virginia — remain without power, with damage from the storm expected to total billions of dollars. “Will be leaving for Florida and Georgia with the First Lady to tour the hurricane damage and visit with FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement. Maximum effort is taking place, everyone is working very hard. Worst hit in 50 years,” Trump tweeted before leaving the White House Monday morning. The president visited both North and South Carolina last month in the wake of Hurricane Florence. … [Read more...] about Trump visiting Hurricane Michael-affected areas in Florida, Georgia